Sjostrom Scorches 51.02 Morning 100 Free In Eindhoven

FINA WORLD CUP – EINDHOVEN

The final stop of the 2017 FINA World Cup Series cluster #1 kicked off in Eindhoven today, with a good mix of talent taking to the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium. Even with the new option of World Championship and Olympic medalists not being required to swim prelims, big names such as Sarah Sjostrom, Katinka Hosszu and Tom Shields still got wet in the morning to help prepare for tonight’s finals.

Current holder of an astonishing 8 world records, Swede Sjostrom fired off a speedy 100m freestyle morning mark of 51.02 to claim the top seed by well over a second. Splitting 24.47/26.55, Sjostrom’s time was the only sub-52 result of the field and her outing now checks in as the 4th fastest performance of all time.

Challenging her tonight will be a home country duo in Femke Heemskerk and newly-minted short course 50m freestyle world record holder Ranomi Kromowidjojo. The Dutch women sit in the 2nd and 3rd seeded positions with morning swims of 52.48 and 52.54, respectively.

However, another medal candidate enters the pack tonight, as Australian Brittany Elmslie will be inserted into the final with a seeded time of 51.81. Elmslie is the short course World Champion in this event from last year in Windsor.

The consummate competitor, Hosszu cranked out two mega swims on the morning starting with the 200m backstroke. In a field containing just 6 swimmers, Hosszu still swam her own race, slamming the wall in a quick 2:00.53 to finish a solid 10 seconds ahead of the next-fastest competitor. Her time this morning checks-in as the 15th fastest performance ever.

Hosszu also made her presence known in the 200m IM where she touched in 2:04.94. USA’s Ella Eastin was the 2nd place finisher on the morning, but was over 4 seconds back in 2:09.14.

Ruta Meilutyte and Alia Atkinson will duel in the women’s 100m breaststroke tonight, with each woman earning an AM time of 1:04.75. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte will also be in action, having raced the 200m butterfly event this morning in Eindhoven. Even with a prelim time of 2:05.65, the Olympic champion will be seeded with a much quicker 2:01.25 time for tonight.

For the men, Marco Orsi from Italy will battle Dutch national record holder Jesse Puts in the splash n’ dash, while American Tom Shields and rival South African Chad Le Clos are set to duel in the 200m butterfly tonight.

As a side note, there appears to be some inconsistency with the finals seed times for World and Olympic champions, leading us to reach out to FINA for clarification. Brittany Elmslie, for example, is seeded in the women’s 100m freestyle event with the time she clocked when winning the short course title in 2016 (51.81). However, compare that to Mireia Belmonte’s time in the 200m butterfly for tonight and she appears on the start list with 2:01.25, not the 1:59.61 with which she won the title in 2014.

The same holds true for the men’s 50m freestyle. Dutchman Jesse Puts is seeded with his personal best of 21.05 and not the 21.10 it took him to win the title in Windsor. Morozov is seeded with a seemingly random 20.73, a mark he earned at the Tokyo stop of the 2016 FINA World Cup.

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SwimJon
5 years ago

‘I want to be first under 50’ she says after the final and new WR

Swimmerfromoverseas
Reply to  SwimJon
5 years ago

When Sarah was 13 or 14 years old she said: “How hard can it be to get under 50” in 100 free scm. Realy cool that she has a shoot at it now.

SwimJon
5 years ago

And now the WR is 50.58 How low can she go?

crooked donald
5 years ago

Still can’t believe she lost the 100 at Worlds.

Swimmer?
Reply to  crooked donald
5 years ago

If she didn’t breath RIGHT before the finish I think she would have won. The difference was only .04

Liam
Reply to  crooked donald
5 years ago

Not me either. She’s fantastic!

Riez
5 years ago

Hosszu needs 1.2 sec to shave off for WR. She’ll be pretty close I guess,

Riez
Reply to  Riez
5 years ago

*1.3

Carly
5 years ago

Bronte Campbell with a 55.23 in the 100 free? Wonder what the story is there.

Swimmer
Reply to  Carly
5 years ago

I think quite a lot of these guys are looking in need of a rest now. Mitch Larkin most of all!

Pvdh
Reply to  Swimmer
5 years ago

What does Mitch need rest for? Looks like he took a looooong break after Rio

SwimmerForever
Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

Well he did just go a 50.43 in the 100 back

commonwombat
Reply to  Carly
5 years ago

Yes, some major questions as to WHY she is swimming post Worlds. No issue with her taking a holiday and watching big sister compete at these meets but the sooner she gets out of the water and gets both her shoulders properly “sorted” the better for her long term. If that means some extended time out of competition then that’s the price she’s going to need to pay if she is really serious about swimming through to Tokyo. If that means missing “the big church fete” on the Gold Coast next April then so be it .

nlm78
Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

I think in this case it was more she had committed to the meet and had already pulled out of Berlin and Energy for Swim (due to illness and injury) that she just wanted to have a go in the final meet. That being said if I was in her place, I’d be having nightmares about Eindhoven because that’s where she got sick and her other shoulder flared up in the first place.

PVSFree
5 years ago

Looking at the prelims results, there seems to be a large Stanford contingent of swimmers there. Anyone know why?

stanford fan
Reply to  PVSFree
5 years ago

eh, i counted 4. ella eastin, katie drabot, kim williams, and incoming freshman grace zhao. i wouldn’t consider that to be a lot.

nmckenna
Reply to  stanford fan
5 years ago

+ incoming freshman Alex Liang

Uberfan
Reply to  stanford fan
5 years ago

5/22 is a lot

stanford fan
Reply to  Uberfan
5 years ago

but if you’re counting alex liang, you have to add 24 to the 22 women swimmers, so 5/46 isn’t very many.

Domino
Reply to  PVSFree
5 years ago

Well, look at the comments on the Taylor Ruck article — apparently Stanford has recruited every single female swimmer, so makes sense there’d be a large contingent of them anywhere.

Tolaforlife
Reply to  PVSFree
5 years ago

Just guessing, but maybe since it is a quarter school and doesn’t start for over month.

Barry
5 years ago

Sjostrom “only” has 7 records now. Though I’ll be on the edge of my seat this whole World Cup watching the 50 free/fly.

Ruben
Reply to  Barry
5 years ago

I think she’s going to break the world record in the 50 fly tomorrow, so then it will be 8.

Sandy
Reply to  Barry
5 years ago

Can she swim the 50free here? I think there’s a limit now to the events in a single cluster and she’s already done 50free in the last two.

Barry
Reply to  Sandy
5 years ago

There’s no womens’ 50 free at this one. I have no idea how they determine the entry list. The men have the 50, 100, 400, and 1500 while the women have the 100, 200, and 800?

Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

Haha I thought it was long course at first, silly me.

Jon Nap
Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

The funny thing is, it totally could be. She’s capable.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

had the same thing here – haha

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